How cute is this mix?! I love how festive it is! It's pretty easy to throw together too. You can get the caramel corn mixture together and into the oven and then work on the cute little chocolate covered pretzels & bugles. This is a great little mix to put into a clear cellophane bag and tie with a festive ribbon and hand out - everyone will love it! Enjoy :)
4 Cups Popped Popcorn
1 1/4 Cups Rice Chex Cereal
1/2 Cup Salted Peanuts
1 Stick Butter
1/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup
1 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Small Pretzel Twists
White, Orange & Yellow Candy Melts
Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the popcorn, chex and peanuts; set aside.
In a small sauce pan add your butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda and vanilla extract. Pour mixture over the popcorn mix and stir it all together making sure everything is coated evenly.
Transfer mixture to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (I forgot to do this step, trust me you will want to do it) and spread out evenly. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let the mixture cool completely and then break into bit sized pieces.
For the Pumpkin Pretzels:
Melt your orange candy melts and drop 1 pretzel at a time into the melted chocolate, turning it over with a fork to completely coat it. Take it out with a fork, making sure to tap off the excess chocolate. Slide it off of the fork onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet using a spoon and immediately place a green m&m at the top, making sure it sticks into the chocolate. Place in the fridge to set.
For the Candy Corn Bugles:
First melt your orange candy melts and drop 1 bugle at a time into the melted chocolate, turning it over with a fork to completely coat it. Take it out with a fork, making sure to tap off the excess chocolate. Slide it off of the fork onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet using a spoon. Place in the fridge to set.
Melt your yellow candy melts and dip the top end of your orange coated bugle in the melted chocolate and then return to the fridge to set. Repeat the process this time dipping the opposite end in the melted white chocolate. Place in the fridge to set.
Mix the chocolate coated pieces into the rest of the snack mix. Store in a air-tight container.